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Welcome to AWC’s online library of Legislative Bulletin and CityVoice news articles and other updates.

7

Jul

2017

Property tax bill not addressed in budget negotiations

While the Legislature changed the state property taxes as part of the funding sources for the McCleary “fix” for schools, we were disappointed that the budget proposal did not include a new local option to allow cities or counties to increase property taxes greater than one percent, or any other new “cap.”

7

Jul

2017

Rulemaking continues on new paid sick leave requirement – public hearings set

Voters passed Initiative 1433 in 2016 raising the state’s minimum wage and requiring employers to provide paid sick leave to employees effective January 2018.
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Categories: Personnel

7

Jul

2017

Legislature passes new statewide Paid Family & Medical Leave program

As part of the whirlwind activity to pass the operating budget on June 30, the Legislature passed SSB 5975, instituting a new Paid Family & Medical Leave program.
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Categories: Personnel

7

Jul

2017

Long-standing AWC priority marketplace fairness act passes as part of budget revenue package

EHB 2163 passed on the last day of session with several pieces of provisions that cities supported in the previous revenue proposals HB 2186 and SB 5929, including passage of a state version of a long-standing AWC priority, the Marketplace Fairness Act.

7

Jul

2017

Budget includes boost in public defense grants

The new state budget includes a boost in public defense grants for cities.

30

Jun

2017

Cities fare well in adopted 2017-19 state operating budget

On the final day of the state’s fiscal year, and 175 days after coming to Olympia in January, legislators adopted an operating budget, thus avoiding a state government shutdown.

28

Jun

2017

Sign up for webinar on newly-passed public records laws

Join us on July 17 at 10:30 am for a webinar on new public records laws that will affect your cities.

19

Jun

2017

Agreement reached on new statewide Paid Family and Disability Leave program

The Legislature introduced dueling bills early in the 2017 session to create a funded paid family and disability leave program.
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Categories: Personnel

17

Jun

2017

Legislators know it’s time to finish and go home

Second special session concludes on June 21 after 165 days, and there’s still no action on operating or capital budgets.

16

Jun

2017

Priority property tax bill

AWC priority bill HB 1764 is another option in end-of-session budget negotiations.

16

Jun

2017

New water bill creates unfunded mandates and legal risks for cities

AWC is working this session to resolve the challenges created by the two state Supreme Court water cases known as Hirst and Foster.

16

Jun

2017

Disposition of housing and homelessness issues continues to be unclear

Once again, the status of conversations about whether the Legislature will pass any of the housing and homelessness bills remains uncertain.

16

Jun

2017

Still waiting on Public Works Trust Fund fate

Conversations have slowly continued between the House and Senate on how to finalize the approach on the Public Works Trust Fund.

16

Jun

2017

AWC expresses concerns with new MTCA bill

The Senate Energy, Environment & Telecommunications Committee held a public hearing on SB 5943 on June 14.

16

Jun

2017

Cities support marketplace fairness and graduated REET in revenue proposals

One of the provisions that cities support in the revenue proposals HB 2186 and SB 5929 is a state version of a long-standing AWC priority, the Marketplace Fairness Act.
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